How to Play Different Region DVD Movies on Mac ?

August 6, 2009 at 7:52 am 4 comments

Everybody knows that an error may occur when playing a DVD disc with a region code setting different than that of the drive. Now if you want to solve the problem and play your different region code DVDs on your computer, how to finish?

First, follow me to know some region code information:
DVD region codes is a DRM technique designed to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and especially, price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played. The commercial DVD player specification requires that a player to be sold in a given place not play discs encoded for a different region.

Discs without region coding are called “all region” or “region 0” discs. In addition, many DVD players can be modified to be region-free, allowing playback of all discs. There are six different regions on the DVD, while Blu-ray Disc only has three. Also, major DVD player manufacturer countries (Japan, United States etc.) all have different regions, which caused problems for many. This is fixed in Blu-ray, as Japan (and other East Asian countries) and the Americas all have the same region.

You can see the 6 different Regions information below:
Region 1: North America; U.S. territories; Bermuda
Region2: Europe; Western Asia; Kingdom of the Netherlands; Egypt, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland; British overseas territories, French overseas territories; Greenland
Region 3: East and Southeast Asia
Region 4: Oceania; Central and South America; Caribbean; Mexico
Region 5: Africa, Central and South Asia, Belarus, India, Mongolia, North Korea, Russia, Ukraine
Region 6: Mainland China

Now here recommend 2 methods to play different region DVD’s on your computer:
1.Change the region code setting of your computer.
You just have 5 chances to change the region code.

2. There is also a better method with using External Drive.
To use the External Drive, you do not need changing the region codes, most important, you can backup your favorite DVD easily.

Just follow the easy 3 steps :
Step 1: Prepare the External Optical Driver.
This drive is usually internal, however, as computer systems have evolved and different needs, threats, and circumstances have arisen, the additional external hard drive has become extremely popular.

Step 2: Free Download Mac DVD Copy Pro Program to Backup your different regions DVD.
Mac DVD Copy Pro supports to backup DVD to DVD Folder, DVD Disc, ISO, and DVD Player Media. It especially supports External Hard Drive.

Step 3 : It will costs about 30-45 minutes to Backup your DVD. You don’t need to be at the side of your computer during the whole copying process, you can go to sleep, listen to the music or read book and so on things. All the backup things will become so easy !
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  • 2. geoff  |  August 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Isn’t there any programme that will make a Mac region free? There are several of these for PC, such as AnyDVD. I’m thinking of switching to a new iMac and this is a key issue for me. Don’t want to have to mess about with copying DVDs to an external drive, just to be able to have a machine play any region off the bat, without the need for any changing to and fro of region settings – as is easily available on PC.

    • 3. waterfly99  |  August 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

      In fact, the external drive is converience for you, just connect your drive to your mac, then start coping with DVD Copy Pro.
      So you finish copying your region dvds without changing region code.

  • 4. Pedro  |  January 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    um, these are pretty much the obvious solutions, but people want the best solution aka the “hack”


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